: Duck Decoys
Canada Goose Decoy, circa 1890.
Made by Charles Whitmore.
White pine, 14 3/4 inches high by 21 1/2 inches long.
Illinois State Museum COllection (1971.16, 798832)
Gift of Joseph French, St. Louis, Missouri.
Charles Whitmore was a market hunter and boatmaker in New Boston, Illinois, on the Mississippi River south of Muscatine, Iowa. A few examples of his decoys remain, including a Canada Goose decoy made in three hollow sections. It has tacks for eyes and has been repainted. It is marked "Whitmore" and marked "Painted by F.E. Baner, New Boston."
Photograph by Gary Andrashko, Illinois State Museum.